Following the Thunder's trade of Jerami Grant on Monday, Gallinari is expected to open the season as the team's starting power forward, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Gallinari was part of the blockbuster trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers this weekend, and now, with the Thunder making a trade that saved them nearly $40 million in tax penalties, the team intends to use versatile Italian forward in the starting lineup. How long Gallinari will remain with the Thunder, however, is still up in the air, especially as rumors of a potential Russell Westbrook trade surface. However, for as long as Westbrook is on the team and Oklahoma City remains competitive, Gallinari will undoubtedly be the Thunder's No. 2 scoring option after a career-best season in 2018-19.
Galllinari was traded Saturday to the Thunder along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and the right to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025 in exchange for Paul George, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Rather than Gallinari, the draft picks and Gilgeous-Alexander are the main assets in the deal for the Thunder, who now look set to embark on a rebuild with George out of town and Russell Westbrook also apparently on the trade block, per Brett Dawson of The Athletic. So long as Westbrook remains in the fold, Gallinari will operate as a secondary scorer for the Thunder after averaging a career-high 19.8 points to go with 6.1 boards, 2.6 assists and 2.4 three-pointers in 30.3 minutes per game in 2018-19. Gallinari, who is entering the final season of his three-year, $64.76 million contract, will likely be a candidate to get traded elsewhere ahead of the deadline in February.
Gallinari mustered 29 points (11-24 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, two steals and one block across 33 minutes during the Clippers' 129-110 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday. Gallinari easily paced the Clippers in scoring on the night, but his efforts ultimately weren't enough. The 30-year-old followed up an impressive regular season with a solid first-round series, although his shooting against the Warriors was notably less efficient than it was during the campaign. The veteran will look to help the Clippers take the next step in the 2019-20 campaign and will once again project for a high-usage role in Los Angeles' attack.
Gallinari provided 26 points (9-22 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 42 minutes during the Clippers' 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday. Gallinari's scoring tally led the first unit and served as his highest of the series thus far. The veteran wing continued to struggle from distance, however, and he's now draining just 29.5 percent of his three-point attempts in the series, a stretch that includes a 4-for-24 tally over the last three games. Luckily, Gallinari has made up for it with solid work on both the boards and the defensive end, averaging 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He'll look to sharpen up in a critical Game 6 on his home floor Friday.
Gallinari compiled 16 points (5-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, and four assists in 36 minutes during Sunday's 113-105 loss to Golden State. Gallinari struggled mightily from the floor Sunday, finishing with 16 points on 5-of-20 shooting. That makes a combined 7-of-33 over the course of the last two games, his poor shooting coming at the worst possible time for the Clippers. Despite the recent inefficiencies, Gallinari has had a fantastic season and certainly rewarded those who took a risk on him in their respective drafts. He will look to bounce back in Game 5 of the series, however, it could be a case of too little, too late for the eighth-seeded Clippers.
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